A post specifically for the Naked Philly section of the site

New Renderings and Timelines for the Park at Penn’s Landing & South Street Bridge

If it seems to you like it's been a long time since we first told you about the Park at Penn's Landing, you'd be correct! It was back in 2013 that we first mentioned plans for the park, as imagined by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. When this project happens, an eleven acre sloping green space between Chestnut & Walnut Streets will reconnect Old City to the river's edge, covering the chasm created by I-95 [...]
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Historic Gas Station Will Move for Logan Square Office Tower

It can be quite interesting to see what people consider historic. While large, highly-ornate buildings from centuries ago are usually easy to spot as being "contributing" from an architectural standpoint, other times it can be difficult to identify why a smaller or less grand structure might be worth keeping around forever. On 20th Street, there's a small building on the west side of the street between Cuthbert and Arch, standing sentry beside a surface lot [...]
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A Cool Development Opportunity on North Front Near Norris Square

If you're cool like us, you spend your free time browsing commercial real estate listings. Every now and then, there's something that pops up that really catches our eye and the angled parcel at 2205-07 N. Front St. most definitely qualifies. This elbow-shaped building was formerly home to Fluehr's Furniture and sits near the sharp intersection where Emerald and Susquehanna run into Front Street, providing its unusual shape. Thanks to a listing from the Stafford Group, [...]
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Semiquincentennial Will Bring a New Icon to Independence Mall

Philadelphia has a deep connection to the founding of the United States, as some rather important gatherings took place here in the late 1700s, and some dudes in powdered wigs signed a fairly significant document here on July 4th, 1776. This being the case, July 4th is always a great party in this town, so much the more so when America celebrates a milestone birthday. Millions visited Philadelphia for the centennial celebration in 1876, with [...]
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Will This Skinny Building Rise at Ridge & Noble?

Boy oh boy, has the area surrounding the Rail Park been undergoing a serious transformation. The newest project coming down the pike will likely appear at 425 N. 11th St., a property that would definitely benefit from an upgrade. Currently a one-story brick building that serves as a warehouse for both General Restaurant Supply and Reliable Fire & Mechanical, this property sits at the southern end of the triangular block created by Ridge Avenue, 11th [...]
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North Broad Street Tour: Is This the End of Zombie Parking Lot?

Near the center of a modern metropolitan city, it’s always a shame to see an empty lot covered in asphalt. That there are fewer such lots than there used to be even 10 years ago just makes the ones that remain all the more prominent. The origins of these lots are often stories told about periods of disinvestment in the city in the mid 20th century, but sometimes a stubborn asphalt lot survives the decades, [...]
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Hundreds of Units Coming for Two Large Port Richmond Projects Near the Rail Tracks

We have been both surprised and delighted by how development has crept up through Fishtown/East Kensington and pushed past the mental and physical boundary of Lehigh Avenue and the Conrail Tracks at the upper end of the neighborhood. The Kensington Courts project at Lehigh & Frankford Ave. paved the way for a number of other proposals for this stretch. After a tip from one of our readers regarding construction activity, we went to check out [...]
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We’ve Waited 4ever, But Work is Finally Starting on the Beury Building

The Beury Building at 3701 N. Broad St., vacant but with some terrific bones, has long been a beacon of street art in the heart of North Philly. As has been reported, the infamous graffiti on the building should soon disappear, with plans in the works for quite some time to reinvigorate this gorgeous structure. William Harold Lee, who designed numerous Art Deco-style buildings in the area, was the lead architect for the then-National Bank [...]
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Joa Mart in West Mt. Airy Makes a Turn to Apartments

One of the perks of our real estate journeys is when we get to check out a gorgeous part of the city at a gorgeous time of year. The leafy canopy of Mt. Airy starting to show its verdant buds is about as high up on that list as you can get. This winding neighborhood almost feels as if someone dropped a bit of Bryn Mawr within the city limits. Given that, it came as [...]
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A Hundred Units Will Replace a Shopping Center on Ridge Avenue

We've found ourselves in the northwest section of Philadelphia quite a bit lately, spending much of our time in the greater Roxborough area. Ridge Avenue is one road on which we've logged plenty of miles, having recently covered a project on the 7000 block, along with several others on surrounding blocks. Slicing through the northwestern part of the city, this thoroughfare even pre-dates the founding of Philadelphia, and was originally a Lenni Lenape trail. We [...]
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